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Hampden-Sydney Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Hampden-Sydney, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is February 1 and the application fee costs $30. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Hampden-Sydney by April 15.

Applying Early to Hampden-Sydney?

Hampden-Sydney College offers early decision and also offers early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is October 15, which is coming up fast! Hampden-Sydney will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Hampden-Sydney is 36%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 47%. Hampden-Sydney accepts about 7% of early action applicants* and 47% all applicants for all deadlines.. In 2021, Hampden-Sydney admitted 53 of the 147 students who applied early decison. In 2021, Hampden-Sydney admitted 337 of the 482 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Hampden-Sydney Hard To Get Into?

Getting into Hampden-Sydney is moderately difficult. Hampden-Sydney evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Hampden-Sydney accepted 47% of all applicants., around 896 of the 1,906 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Hampden-Sydney, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to Hampden-Sydney?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Hampden-Sydney

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Hampden-Sydney Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Hampden-Sydney must submit the following items. Double check with Hampden-Sydney's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Hampden-Sydney?

Students admitted to Hampden-Sydney have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 58% submitted a class rank. At Hampden-Sydney 7% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 24% were in the top 25% and 53% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Hampden-Sydney College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 58%
3.75 and 3.99 21.7%
3.50 and 3.74 14.6%
3.25 and 3.49 18.7%
3.00 and 3.24 7.2%
2.50 and 2.9 17%
2.00 and 2.49 3.8%
Hampden-Sydney does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Hampden-Sydney is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 71% of Hampden-Sydney's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 25% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Hampden-Sydney?

To be competitive with other Hampden-Sydney applicants, you should strive to earn between 1050 and 1220 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Hampden-Sydney 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1220 and 25% of scored lower than 1050, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Hampden-Sydney student is 1140.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Hampden-Sydney students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Hampden-Sydney students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Hampden-Sydney?

To be most competitive at Hampden-Sydney, you should strive to earn between 20 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Hampden-Sydney's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Hampden-Sydney students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

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Transferring to Hampden-Sydney College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Hampden-Sydney.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is July 1. Applicants should hear back by July 31.

Transfer students can enroll in Hampden-Sydney during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Hampden-Sydney Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Hampden-Sydney?

Students who are admitted to Hampden-Sydney must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Hampden-Sydney accept transfer credits?

Hampden-Sydney accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Hampden-Sydney accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Hampden-Sydney accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Hampden-Sydney?

Hampden-Sydney. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Hampden-Sydney's acceptance rate?

Hampden-Sydney's acceptance rate is [rate]%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Hampden-Sydney?

Hampden-Sydney's early decision acceptance rate was 36% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Hampden-Sydney?

The early action acceptance rate at Hampden-Sydney was 7% in 2021.

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Hampden-Sydney Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Hampden-Sydney? Hampden-Sydney is a somewhat selective institution. The Hampden-Sydney acceptance rate is 47%. This means that the institution accepts 47 out of every 100 applicants.



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Hampden-Sydney Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Hampden-Sydney is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Hampden-Sydney is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Hampden-Sydney ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 28

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

28 and Above


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Hampden-Sydney SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1050 - 1220


Math SAT Range

520 - 600


Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1220 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Hampden-Sydney students is 1140. Applicants with SAT scores of 1220 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Hampden-Sydney, while applicants with SAT scores between 1050 to 1220 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1050 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Hampden-Sydney.

Hampden-Sydney GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Hampden-Sydney, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.44. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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